Woman battered in unprovoked street attack
A MAN who unleashed a "savage" attack in the street, leaving a woman with a smashed face, has been jailed indefinitely.
Kelvin Sedgebeer carried out the unprovoked assault on 37-year-old Emily Murphy after she emerged from an off licence in Ashley Road, St Paul's.
He repeatedly punched and kicked her to the face, head and body.
Ignoring her and onlookers' cries to stop, he continued the barrage of blows before walking off, leaving her battered and bloodied.
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Sedgebeer, 39, of Gloucester Road, Horfield, pleaded guilty to robbery and causing grievous bodily harm in November last year.
The court heard he had been involved in a disturbance with some women in a café the same day.
Judge Mark Horton listened to evidence from consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Rosanne McGregor Morris, who concluded Sedgebeer had a personality disorder as well as variable mental health.
The judge handed him imprisonment for public protection (IPP), saying the parole board should only consider him for release after a minimum jail term of three years less 289 days served on remand. He also activated a hybrid "hospital and limitation order" allowing Sedgebeer to be treated in hospital when unwell and held in prison when stabilised.
Judge Horton told Sedgebeer: "You savagely attacked her. You punched her with your fists when she was on the ground, asking you why.
"You kicked her on ten occasions with a shod foot. Witnesses watched with some degree of horror. You broke off the attack, you renewed it and kicked her from head to foot as if she was a football."
Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Ms Murphy had been to a meeting before buying some drinks from a shop.
Mr Bell said: "She saw a man standing near the Salvation Army hostel, which was the defendant. She said 'he suddenly came up to me, face to face, and punched me hard in the face, hitting me hard on the nose'.
"He punched her several times to the nose and jaw and she fell down.
"She asked him 'What are you doing? I am a good person' and tried to ring the police. The phone was kicked out of her hand and she was kicked in the face and back."
Ms Murphy suffered a broken nose, broken eye sockets, bruising and soreness. She said after the attack she did not leave her flat, her self-esteem was shattered, she found it difficult to breathe and thought about the incident all the time. Mr Bell said: "She said she was trying to forgive him because of her faith."
Sedgebeer has previous convictions for battery, criminal damage and assaults on police.